May 29 2010

A Greener North Cackalacky

I’m sure it must have started at such a small scale; everyone thought that energy was worth one mountain. After all, it was just one mountain. And just look at all that coal, buried treasure under the hardwood forests and clear rivers. Look at all that potential under West Virginia and Virginia. One turned to two, turned to one hundred, turned to five hundred. Valleys become flat lands, filled with the dirt from the mountain tops. Rivers dried up with sediment, rich in heavy metals and other contaminants. Trees were clear cut, leaving the soil to blow in the breeze. Animals fled to their death on busy highways and poison laced basements.

North Carolina gets 60% of the energy needed to supply consumers from coal- coal not from our state, with negative long term and short term impacts bore by others. North Carolinians would fight tooth and claw, throwing down the sweet tea and biscuits to defend our beaches, mountains, and pecan trees from bulldozers, chemical pollution and chain saws. Why are we so complacent to allow this to happen to the Appalachian mountains in another state; why are we accepting of our heinous way of gathering energy? There are so many alternatives to coal to be hand from this glorious state- solar, wind and coastal energy could change our dependence from a finite dirty source to dependable, renewable green energy.

I want to bring clean energy to the state that graced me with her gentle summer rains, protective, leafy canopies and sweet tomatoes from a neighbour’s garden. Coastal energy could provide the state with a renewable, clean alternative to the traditional coal. The technologies investigated on this website are the nurtured ideas of many people, some strange, some simple, some unlikely, but all with the intention of providing the world with an alternative to traditional energy sources.

I could not be prouder of my fellow man; back of the envelop ideas, prototypes in the bathtub with late night runs to Home Depot; fighting, defending, proving, working. And of the student that have spent the last two weeks with me, knee deep in “fish eggs” and sand, late into the night on Bruce’s sketch-tastic wireless, researching, contemplating and promoting coastal energy (unless its tidal barrage, run away!). The energy situation would be depressing if it weren’t for these driven individuals who will put wind turbines under water and make a snake to capture the waves. I am eager to work towards making North Carolina’s energy sources as green as our great forests, as reliable as the waves and as inspiring as the people who inhabit it.

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2 Responses to “A Greener North Cackalacky”

  1.   mrrosson 31 May 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Bethyn you should be a poet

  2.   jutrason 31 May 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Bethyn you should be an artist